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Lot 1213: Colt Bisley Model Single Action Army Revolver

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Colt Bisley Model Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter Formerly of the Hank Williams, Jr. Collection

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Colt Bisley Model Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter Formerly of the Hank Williams, Jr. Collection

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Bisley
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32-20
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: hard rubber
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 173
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This Colt Bisley Revolver was once owned by world famous American country singer and song writer Hank Williams, Jr. The accompanying factory letter is addressed to Hank Williams, Jr. and lists the revolver with a 4 3/4 inch barrel in .44 caliber, blue finish and type of stocks not listed when it was shipped on November 13, 1901 to J.F. Schmelzer & Sons Arms Co. Colt's factory rework ampersand ("&") appears on the right side of the trigger guard, indicating that the revolver was returned to the factory for refurbishment. As pointed out by Hank Williams, Jr. in his included signed letter from May 5, 2014, "It is obvious from the factory letter the gun was returned to Colt and ordered changed from 44 WCF to 32 WCF. This was a common practice in those days because of the 32 WCF's light recoil." The barrel is marked "(BISLEY MODEL)/COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .32-20" on the left side and has the one-line Hartford address on top. The frame has the standard two-line patent dates marking followed by a circle Rampant Colt. The back of both grip panels are marked with the number "4716." Matching full serial number "217468" appears on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. A Rock Island Armory plastic case is included. Provenance: The Hank Williams, Jr. Collection; Property of a Gentleman

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine retaining 95% factory blue finish on the replacement barrel and cylinder with some high edge wear, some thinning to brown on the back strap and a cylinder drag line. 85% of the factory refurbished case colors remain on the hammer and frame. The faded grips are very good with some wear along the top of the checkering and some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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